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Time TravelProbability and Impossibility$
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Nikk Effingham

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198842507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198842507.001.0001

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Modes of Time Travel

Modes of Time Travel

(p.11) 1 Modes of Time Travel
Time Travel

Nikk Effingham

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ways in which one might travel back in time. Of course, there are no actual, known instances of time travel, so the different modes are drawn from fiction, historical thought, and speculative physics: perhaps we could ‘teleport’, discontinuously, back into the past; perhaps we could travel back into the past in the same way we persist forwards, traversing the intervening instants between ourselves and the past; perhaps we instead warp spacetime to allow us to come back to where we began. The chapter ends by discussing two things that are not technically time travel—cases of frozen time and time being an illusion—which are nevertheless closely connected.

Keywords:   time travel, wormholes, time machines, prayer, prophecy, tachyon, frozen time, chimerical time travel

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